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Great Barrier Reef Tour

 

There are many Great Barrier Reef tour operators.  We went with a snorkeling tour and a semi-submersible tour from Quicksilver Cruises (map, reviews, website).

The tour starts in Port Douglas and pick-ups from hotels in Cairns and Port Douglas are available.

 

Besides snorkeling and the semi-sub, there are also an underwater observatory, scuba diving and ocean walking activities.

The underwater world in the Great Barrier Reef is fantastic, but don’t expect to see the super-clear water and colorful fish and corals that professionally made videos and brochures show.  The reef is damaged and you will be brought to already damaged areas and you will share the water with many other people.  The most beautiful parts of the Great Barrier Reef are off-limits to tourists for a very good reason and that is to protect what is left of this natural wonder.

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Australia Travel Guide by Backpack & Snorkel showing a colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Australia Travel Guide by Backpack & Snorkel showing a colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Australia Travel Guide by Backpack & Snorkel showing a colorful yellow fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

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fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
turtle at the Great Barrier Reef in Australiad at Kings Canyon Resort in Watarrka National Park in Australia
colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

The semi-sub showed less impressive sea life.

fish seen from the semi-sub at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
fish seen from the semi-sub at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
corals seen from the semi-sub at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
corals seen from the semi-sub at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Australia Travel Guide by Backpack & Snorkel showing a fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
colorful fish at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

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